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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 31 Aug '17
New online course provides training to assess the next wave of environmentally friendly festivals
A Greener Festival, a not-for-profit company helping festivals, events and venues around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices, is making its environmental assessor training available to a global audience for the first time through a new short course.
The online course sits within Falmouth University’s flexible and part-time MA in Creative Events Management, which launched last year in partnership with CEG Digital – a division of Cambridge Education Group – and is now open for student applications ahead of an October start.
A Greener Festival
Established in 2007, A Greener Festival gives its quality award to festivals, events and venues that have a strong focus on sustainability and environmental impacts. It has assessed over 400 festivals, events and venues across five continents; in 2017 alone it has rated iconic festivals including Glastonbury Festival (UK), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Bayou Boogaloo (USA), Primavera Sound (Spain) and We Love Green (France).
The company needs to train more individuals who have knowledge of environmental management, sustainability issues and event management, plus a passion to help events to achieve the best possible environmental practices in every aspect of the event. These assessors – who provide independent site assessment, verification and certification of environmental actions – then undertake on-site visits before and during the event.
‘Demand for the training scheme has grown since we introduced it last year and this partnership will help meet the global need for knowledgeable individuals and teams that can help festivals, events and venues reduce the environmental impact of their offer.’
Director at A Greener Festival
Previously assessor training could only be delivered face-to-face. Now, thanks to the partnership with Falmouth University and CEG Digital, the online assessor training will be easy to access from anywhere in the world, and its part-time nature means the two weeks’ content can fit around students’ existing commitments.
Students who are on the MA will have the added benefit of becoming Stage 1 A Greener Festival Assessors on completion of the course’s Sustainable Practice module. Those students taking the two-week course only will benefit from enhanced opportunities to study alongside the MA students, and network with students from all over the world.